Potential widespread changes to wedding laws . . .

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Outgoing prime minister Teresa May has promised to make massive changes to Britain’s wedding laws which will allow couples to get married in the great outdoors, at home or even at sea.

On Monday last week the Law Commission commenced the start of a two year review, looking at making marriage laws in England and Wales suitable for a modern Britain.

As part of this review, the Government will speed up plans to allow civil partnerships and civil weddings to be held outdoors.

Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“We can do more to bring the laws on marriage ceremonies up to date and support couples in celebrating their commitment.”

“This review will look at how we can ensure marriage keeps pace with modern Britain.”

The Law Commission review was first promised back in late 2018, before Theresa May agreed to step down following disastrous results in local and European elections.

The process will look at many of the 200-year-old laws which govern how and where marriages can take place.

There promises to be an increase in choice and it is hoped that such a move will help lower the cost of wedding venues, opening up opportunities for civil ceremonies to be held at sea, in private homes, or at military sites for British Army personnel.

Currently, marriage laws are made up of a mish-mash of different codes and laws and haven’t been reviewed properly since 1836.

If you get married in Scotland, you can already take advantage of less restrictive marriage laws.


At the moment, weddings in England and Wales must be carried out in a licensed venue by a licensed minister or registrar for them to be legally binding.

This means any couple who wants to get married at an outdoor wedding currently have to have two events — one legal and one ceremonial.

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